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Building Printing - Legal? [message #43104] Mon, 30 January 2012 12:01 UTC Go to next message
avatar Plumguy  is currently offline Plumguy
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Is it legal to create and sell a model of a college building that is considered a landmark?
Hate to work on a design then find out later that the effort was wasted.
Maybe it's much ado about nothing. Smile
Thanks!
Re: Building Printing - Legal? [message #43112 is a reply to message #43104 ] Mon, 30 January 2012 14:48 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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All depends upon the college. At worst, you might have to obtain a "license" to sell the models, depending upon how deep the college has gone into protecting their trademark, but usually colleges have only protected their "logo". Even then, you may find some exception in your favor for "buildings built using public funds".

Is the building more than 50 years old? It may easily be beyond any "copyright".

As long as your model represents the college in a positive manner, I don't know that they'd express any reservations.

(grin) Of course, don't try to sell the model AS the building .. like people do with the Brooklyn Bridge. (grin)


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Re: Building Printing - Legal? [message #43117 is a reply to message #43112 ] Mon, 30 January 2012 15:39 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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stonysmith wrote on Mon, 30 January 2012 14:48

All depends upon the college. At worst, you might have to obtain a "license" to sell the models, depending upon how deep the college has gone into protecting their trademark, but usually colleges have only protected their "logo". Even then, you may find some exception in your favor for "buildings built using public funds".

Is the building more than 50 years old? It may easily be beyond any "copyright".

As long as your model represents the college in a positive manner, I don't know that they'd express any reservations.

(grin) Of course, don't try to sell the model AS the building .. like people do with the Brooklyn Bridge. (grin)

Thanks, Stonysmith, I appreciate the advice. Especially about
the Brooklyn Bridge.
Re: Building Printing - Legal? [message #43124 is a reply to message #43104 ] Mon, 30 January 2012 17:56 UTC Go to previous messageGo to next message
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To Copyright laws it depends when the building was constructed. However there may be other laws that im not aware of that also protect it.

Does copyright protect architecture?
Yes. Architectural works became subject to copyright protection on December 1, 1990. The copyright law defines "architectural work" as "the design of a building embodied in any tangible medium of expression, including a building, architectural plans, or drawings." Copyright protection extends to any architectural work created on or after December 1, 1990. Also, any architectural works that were unconstructed and embodied in unpublished plans or drawings on that date and were constructed by December 31, 2002, are eligible for protection. Architectural designs embodied in buildings constructed prior to December 1, 1990, are not eligible for copyright protection. See Circular 41, Copyright Claims in Architectural Works


Source: http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-protect.html
Re: Building Printing - Legal? [message #43332 is a reply to message #43124 ] Thu, 02 February 2012 13:36 UTC Go to previous message
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This advice of course depends by country.
And the situation may also depend on whethr you create the model from original plans or by eyeballing what you can see of the building from a public place, then again I am not a lawyer ...

 
   
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